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The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will be appearing at a new series of concerts entitled 'Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series', where attendees are encouraged to bring their own marijuana.
Current drug policies in Colorado allow limited use of cannabis for recreational and medicinal use in private, and events that link musical performance and communal indulgence have become increasingly popular.
Chief Executive of the orchestra told The Cannabist that the concerts are designed in part to broaden their audience: "Part of our goal is to bring in a younger audience and a more diverse audience, and I would suggest that the patrons of the cannabis industry are both younger and more diverse than the patrons of the symphony orchestra."
The orchestra's website clearly states the concert's policy towards use of the drug: "Participant understands that attendees may use marijuana at this event, as is their right under Colorado law. Cannabis will not be sold at the event, however, and the price of the reservation is entirely unrelated to whether one chooses to use cannabis or not."
The CSO has previously found success with their 'Beethoven and Brews' series of concerts, during which audience members are encouraged to enjoy a range of craft beers as part of the ticket price.
The concerts, which begin on May 23rd at the Space Gallery in Denver, are being organised in conjunction with a pro-cannabis outfit called Edible Events, will conclude with a performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in June.
Concerts will also feature extensive hospitality packages, and are open only to persons over the age of 21.